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Hale and Dorr

The Princeton office of the Boston-based law firm Hale

and Dorr LLP, opened by David Sorin last month, is negotiating for

office space at 650 College Road East. Moving there from the offices

it now occupies at 214 Carnegie Center would be a homecoming. The

space it is seeking is in the same building as Buchanan Ingersoll,

the firm Sorin left — taking 32 attorneys and the entire support

staff with him — to create a New Jersey presence for Hale and


Sorin opened Buchanan Ingersoll’s Princeton office in 1993, building

it from two attorneys to 60. The practice he created there centered

on high technology. "We were the leading high tech and emerging

growth firm in the region," Sorin says. The firm, he says, did

more IPO, mergers & acquisition, and venture financing work for high

tech companies than did any other firm in the area.

Hale and Dorr, seeking a presence in New Jersey, recruited Sorin to

start an office in Princeton. "We needed to be at a firm with

considerably more depth and focus on high technology," he says

of the reason he jumped from Buchanan Ingersoll. "Instead of being

at a firm where a relative few focused on technology, I went with

a firm with rich expertise." With offices in New York and Reston,

Virginia, as well as Boston, the firm is in all the high tech hot

spots in the East and focuses solely on work for high technology


Sorin says.

New Jersey belongs on the "A list" of high technology locales,

Sorin says, but is not always recognized. "The interesting thing

about New Jersey," he says, "is that we don’t have an


city associated with technology. Our tech corridor spreads through

the state. It’s not as dense as others."

Nevertheless, Sorin says, there is an enormous amount of high tech

legal work from companies in the telecommunications, wireless, life

sciences, E-commerce, information technology, and software industries.

This is still true, despite a sputtering Internet sector and a tech

slowdown. "Clearly, it’s a different mix of work," he says.

"A year ago we would have been talking about all the IPOs. Six

months ago there was tremendous venture capital activity. Now, we’re

busy primarily with mergers and acquisition work. There are a lot

of strategic partnership and tech transactions, like licensing,


If its real estate negotiations go well, Hale and Dorr will be doing

this work from approximately two-thirds of the 60,000 square feet

Buchanan Ingersoll is now leasing at 650 College Road East. "We’ll

take the whole fourth floor," Sorin says of his firm’s plans.

Hale and Dorr will take over all obligations for the lease, but


Ingersoll will stay on. "I expect they will maintain a strong

office in New Jersey," Sorin says of his former firm.

Sorin, the father of a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son,

grew up in Brooklyn and moved to New Jersey when he and his wife,

Randi, who teaches pre kindergarten in Manalapan, decided to start

a family. He credits his father, who worked as a government clerk,

and his mother, a secretary, with contributing to his success.


parents stressed the importance of education," he says. "It

was very important in our upbringing." Sorin says he and his


a theater director, were the first in their family to attend college.

Sorin, who is also a CPA, holds a degree in accounting and economics

from New York University and a law degree from Fordham.

Hoping to lease enough space to allow for growth, Sorin says he


Hale and Dorr’s Princeton office to be up to 40 attorneys in a year.

The ultimate size, he says, "depends on the economy."

— Kathleen McGinn Spring

Hale and Dorr LLP, 214 Carnegie Center, Suite 300,

Princeton 08540. David J. Sorin. 609-750-7600; fax, 609-750-7700.

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NovaSoft Information Technology Corp., 505 Lawrence

Square Boulevard South, Lawrenceville 08648. Neil Bhaskar, CEO.


fax, 609-588-5577. Www.novasoftinfo.com.

The seven-year-old IT company has bought a human resources firm,


Career Services, which does executive searches in information


The transaction is billed as a merger, says Neil Bhaskar, CEO. Steve

Tremitiere, is the president of Unison.

WithumSmith+Brown, 120 Albany Street, Suite 303,

New Brunswick 08901. William Hagaman, shareholder. 732-828-1614; fax,

732-828-5156. Www.withum.com.

Bleich, Glass & Cardona PC has joined WithumSmith&Brown at its New

Brunswick office. Ronald L. Bleich and Ruben Cardona, founding


of BG&C, are now shareholders of WS+B.

Cardona went to City University of New York and is former assistant

finance administrator for management and administrative services for

the City of New York. Bleich went to New York University and Brooklyn

Law School, and is the treasurer of George Street Playhouse.

Polygenesis, 4262 Route 1 North, Monmouth Junction

08852. Henry Wieck, president. 732-355-1001; fax, 732-355-1002.


The technology development company is moving from 4270 Route 1 North

and adding 1,500 feet for a total of 4,000 feet. Barry Ginsberg of

Bedminster has designed the space, and the buildout is by Innovative

General Contracting. Polygenesis has complete technology development

capabilities, including mechanical design, software and electronics,

and rapid prototyping. It has a close relationship with a clinical

diagnostic company in Indianapolis.

Intellispace, 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 200,

Princeton 08540. Joe Anzalone, director of business development.


fax, 609-951-2220. Home page: www.intellispace.com.

The Manhattan-based telecommunications company has moved to Village

Boulevard. It offers broadband, high-speed fiber optic Internet


for multi-teneted business properties.

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nex-i.com, 29 Emmons Drive, Building B, Princeton

08540. Ira Baseman, president. 609-497-9400; fax, 609-497-9433.


With its "plug and play" local networks for small to


businesses, nex-i.com has been acquired by another broadband


provider, EurekaGGN. When Eureka and GGN merged in December, Eureka’s

chairman, Jeffrey E. Ginsberg, had announced his plan to do a


to acquire other companies and consolidate the industry.

EurekaGGN has a full suite of integrated communications services that

it can deliver to nex-i customers — small to medium-sized


With its latest purchase, EurekaGGN snagged $10 million in cash plus

a promise of $4 million more. Nex-i-com’s investors include AlphaNet

Solutions, Mellon Ventures, and LLR Equity Partners. Terms of the

buy were not disclosed.

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Management Moves

Princeton Partners Inc., 2 Research Way, Princeton

08540-6618. Thomas M. Sullivan, CEO and owner. 609-452-8500; fax,

609-452-7212. Www.princetonpartners.com.

As planned 10 years ago, Catherine A. Mathis has retired as owner

and chief executive officer of the 30-year-old advertising agency.

Tom Sullivan, now president, will take her place at the 48-employee

firm, which has as its creative trademark, a gargoyle. "We have

evolved in the last few years into a dynamic, integrated brand


agency," says Sullivan. "All of the pieces of the plan have

fallen into place.

Church & Dwight Co. Inc. (CHD), 469 North Harrison

Street, CN 5297, Princeton 08543-5297. Robert A. Davies III, CEO and

board chair. 609-683-5900; fax, 609-497-7177. Home page:


For the first time in nearly 150 years, a family member is not in

charge at Church & Dwight. Dwight Church Minton has moved from being

chairman to the post of chairman emeritus. The current CEO and


Robert A. Davies 3rd, has been elected chairman of the board. Davies,

65, is no longer president. He will bring in an "outsider",

Jon L. Finley, 46, as president as of April 1. Finley will also have

the new position of chief operating officer. He had been senior vice

president of global convenience foods for General Mills in


where he was in charge of evaluating GM’s acquisition of the Pillsbury


Last June, Church & Dwight acquired North Brunswick-based USA


makers of laundry detergent and fabric softener.

Gilbane Building Company, 3150 Brunswick Pike,

Suite 300, Lawrenceville 08648. George Cavallo, senior vice president.

609-671-4200; fax, 609-671-4255. Www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Co., a construction and real estate development


with offices in Crossroads Center, has named George Cavallo head of

its northeast regional office. Cavallo, who joined the company in

1984, succeeds Walter McKelvey, who has been named regional manager

of the company’s central region.

Cavallo, a graduate of Temple, holds an MBA from Old Dominion


He was an adjunct professor at Temple from 1989 to 1998, and will

teach a graduate course in construction management there this spring.

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New in Town

Empire Equity Associates Inc., 2117 Route 33, Suite

B, Hamilton Square 08690. Mike Jacobovitch, regional manager.


fax, 609-588-0269.

Empire Equity Associates Inc., a mortgage company providing both


and commercial loans, has moved into offices on Route 33 in Hamilton.

This is a six-person office of the Empire Group, a company licensed

in 45 states.

NCR Metropolitan Data Center (NCR), 2031 Old


Road, Cranbury 08512. 609-443-1800; fax, 609-371-2910.

NCR has signed a lease at 5 Princess Road for 2,900 square feet,


Merrill Lynch’s raised-floor data center, which is moving to Hopewell.

Matt Malatich of CB Richard Ellis in Iselin represented NCR, which

is based in Ohio (800-444-9151).

Shire US Inc., 212 Carnegie Center, Carnegie


Center, Suite 206, Princeton 08540. Lorraine A. Pronek, executive

assistant. 609-919-6330; fax, 609-520-1806.

The business development office of a pharmaceutical company, Shire

Pharmaceutical, moved to the Carnegie Center last year. It has its

headquarters in the U.K. and its U.S. headquarters in Kentucky.

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Crosstown Moves

American Express Corporate Services, 134 Franklin

Corner Road, Suite 101, Lawrenceville 08648. Carol Comfort,


service representative. 609-844-7774; fax, 609-844-3194. Home page:


American Express Corporate Services has moved from 989 Lenox Drive

to 134 Franklin Corner Road. Carol Comfort is customer service


at the 10-person office.

Barone-O’Hara Associates, 34 Fackler Road,


08540. James J. O’Hara, vice president. 609-683-5566; fax,


The search firm has moved from 29 Emmons Drive at Princeton Commerce

Center to a similar-sized space on Fackler Road. It does executive

searches for start-ups in the medical device arena. O’Hara went to

St. Francis University in Loretta, Pennsylvania. Marialice Barone,

the co-president, went to St. Louis University and Ohio State.

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B. Eugene Wilson Jr., 54, on February 11. He had been

the owner of Patterson Chevrolet.

Pamela L. Haight, 43, on February 11. She was director

of distribution for Integra Life Sciences on Morgan Lane.

William A. Warshaw, 78, on February 12. He was a chemical

engineer with FMC Corp.

Pamela K. Smith, 46, on February 15. She worked at ETS.

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